A 32-year-old mother was killed and the rest of her family was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after a driver deliberately plowed into them outside a convenience store in a northern New York City suburb, CBS New York reports. Investigators said 35-year-old Jason Mendez, of nearby Washingtonville, N.Y., intentionally drove into the two adults and six children, including one in a stroller, in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in the Rockland County town of Haverstraw following an argument.
The mom was pregnant, ABC 7 reported. One of her children told ABC that she threw herself in front of the stroller to save their lives. She died at the hospital.
The youngest child who was hit was a few months old and the oldest child was just 10 years old. The father, 35, and a two-year-old child were taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, WNBC reported. ABC 7 reported that three children were seriously injured and two are in the pediatric ICU. Their injuries are not life-threatening.
According to the article, he not only hit them, but them went into reverse, put it in drive and hit them again. And it specifically says in the accident report he drove over them.
WTF indeed. He has priors, 1 assault the other domestic assault which was dropped when his wife refused the testify. He lost his job recently. We could go on about stressors, and how clearly he has impulse control, but right now I'm just so disgusted it's hard to try and be understanding at all.